On the record – Howland

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Matthew Vansuch, James LaPolla and Rick Clark


• Accepted the retirement of Ronald Holland, part-time maintenance employee, effective Tuesday. He worked 24 1/2 years for the township;

• Hired Joseph Gillespie as part-time maintenance employee effective June 11 at $12 per hour with no benefits on an as-needed basis. Gillespie is retired from General Motors;

• Hired Jordan Gibbs as a full-time firefighter / paramedic with firefighter pay at $18.06 per hour and paramedic pay $56.25 per pay effective June 3. Fire Chief James Pantalone said with the hiring of Gibbs, the department is at full staff;

• Accepted the resignation of Robert Greisleman a part-time firefighter / paramedic effective May 17. He works full time for the Cardinal Joint Fire District in Canfield;

• Hired Walter Jones Jr. and Stephanie Slusher as full-time police officers effective July 1 with pay based on years experience. Jones has eight years with McDonald police and Slusher has 11 years with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office. Police Chief Nick Roberts said with the two hires, the department is down by only one for full staffing;

• Hired Zevon Braun-Whitehead as a full-time public works employee at $23.95 per hour effective June 7 who will fill a vacancy when another employee is off for two months for an injury;

• Hired Mark Rubino as a part-time seasonal public works employee at $9 per hour with no benefits effective June 1;

• Approved Planning Director Kim Mascarella’s hours from 32 to 40 hours a week. She works on getting grants for the township and managing the weekly farmers market;

• Declared 25 properties as public nuisances due to high grass and debris. Zoning Inspector Dan Morgan said they are getting yards that have really overgrown grass. Part-time summer helpers cut the lawns with costs placed on the owner’s property tax bill;

• Heard from Clark two tons of paper was shredded and four cruisers were filled with donated non-perishable food items at a recent community Shredding Day;

• Heard from Roberts that police departments will be busy again now that coronavirus restrictions have been lifted;

• Heard from Morgan that anyone with a swimming pool is required to have a 5-foot fence or safety barrier around the pool to protect children from unauthorized access to the pool and prevent drownings;

• Heard from Morgan that work was done to clean up debris and trash at 2878 Niles Vienna Road with a lien placed on the owner’s property taxes;

• Approved the sale of 25 metal chairs, a floor scrubber and wall panels on the govdeals.com auction site;

• Scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. July 14 on the alternative tax budget. That meeting will be held in person at the township administration building.

— Bob Coupland


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